Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate, depending on the amount ingested
Common signs to watch for:
- Hypotension (drop in blood pressure)
- Death (rare)
This flowering ground cover is also commonly called “running myrtle.” Many toxic alkaloids are present in this plant including yohimbine, vincristine and vinblastine (which are drugs that are used as chemotherapeutics in human and veterinary medicine). When ingested, it can cause hypotension (drop in blood pressure), incoordination, tremors and seizures.
Poison type: Plants
Alternate names: Running Myrtle, Vinca, ground cover